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Joe Rogan Voice AI

Earlier this year I collaborated with Toronto software start-up Dessa to produce a text-to-speech model with Joe Rogan‘s voice. Joe thought it was pretty trippy!

Can you tell real from fake? Try the blind test at: https://fakejoerogan.com/

Dessa published a rundown of the process in two parts on Medium:
Part 1:
RealTalk: This Speech Synthesis Model Our Engineers Built Recreates a Human Voice Perfectly
Part 2:
RealTalk (Pt. II): How We Recreated Joe Rogan’s Read the rest “Joe Rogan Voice AI”

Python – Prepend 100ms Bumper

I had the occasion to put some of the scripting I’ve been using to good use.

A recent voice-over editing project involved cutting e-learning material in several foreign language. The clips were destined to play back programmatically and the client required a ~100ms buffer before and after each clip to avoid stuttering during playback or having the end lopped off. Apparently this had been an issue before with the audio engine they’re using in their … Read the rest “Python – Prepend 100ms Bumper”

Python the Hard Way

I’ve been consulting with Toronto machine learning startup Dessa on an exciting audio based project. (more on that when the time is right)

The he engineers there have impressed me with what they’ve been able to accomplish in terms of analyzing and processing audio despite their inexperience working with audio in general. The experience has inspired me to get my feet wet with Python, the very popular and accessible programming language.

One of the best … Read the rest “Python the Hard Way”

Quieting the Lexicon 960L

The producer I was engineering for brought with him his Lexicon 960L reverb unit. What do you call this? Vintage digital? Modern Classic? It’s a a beast regardless, in the quality of its effects but also in its imposing 4u footprint and its ambient noise it spits out. The internal fans and especially the hard disk drive are very loud and without the luxury of a separate machine room here it was noisy enough that … Read the rest “Quieting the Lexicon 960L”

Neve Genesys & ipMIDI

At work we use an AMS Neve Genesys Console which is pretty great in a lot of ways. All of the internal routing, panning and channel EQ is totally recallable. Internally, the board is controlled by a PC running a custom Windows 7 front-end/wrapper.

The Genesys can also behave as a HUI control surface for Pro Tools but rather than interfacing with a slew of MIDI cables a Cat5e or Cat6 network cable connects the … Read the rest “Neve Genesys & ipMIDI”